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October 1, 1954, Vierzon-Bourgneuf, Cher:

Reference for this case: 1-Oct-54-Vierzon-Bourgneuf.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper Le Berry Républicain, of Bourges, reported on October 5, 1954, that two young boys in the class of Mr. Chataigne, director of the school of Vierzon-Bourgneuf, had said they had seen flying saucers, and made a complete description to their teacher.

One of the observations was that of the young Alain Baumgarten who had seen on "Thursday" (so on September 30, 1954) around 10:30, with some of his classmates, "a craft moving in the sky."

Then, "Friday night", so on October 1, 1954, around 07:00 p.m., the young Jean Rousseau, from his parents' garden, reportedly saw "a luminous machine, which, after making a turn on itself, rose at high speed."



Two young boys of the class of Mr. Chataigne, principal of the Vierzon-Bourgneuf school, claim to have seen flying saucers and made a complete description to their teacher. First of all, the young Alain Baumgarten saw, Thursday towards 10:30 a.m., with some comrades of his class, a machine moving in the sky.

Finally, Friday evening at 19:00 p.m., it is the young Jean Rousseau who, in the garden of his parents, saw a luminous machine, which, after having made a turn on itself rose at high speed.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Cher in Vierzon on October 1, 1954 at 19:00 hours "a child observes in his parents' garden a luminous object which after having made a turn on itself rises at high speed."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 19:00, in Vierzon, France, an "unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness."

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073).

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 Vierzon France 19.00 NL



Of course this was quite possibly a helicopter.


(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Vierzon-Bourgneuf, Cher, evening, Jean Rousseau, kid, garden, luminous, machine, rotation, manoeuver, fast


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 16, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 26, 2016 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 22, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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